Drivers face numerous dangers when they’re on the road, and with no group is this more true than with motorcyclists. Accidents in Illinois involving motorcycles have been increasing, even while traffic accidents involving other vehicles have been on the decline. This is likely due in part to the fact that more and more people are operating motorcycles on the road each year. In addition, motorcycles are smaller, lighter, harder to see, and lack seatbelts, making them much more vulnerable.
Given the odds of a motorcycle accident, it can be challenging for a motorcyclist to seek compensation for an injury suffered while driving. You need a great deal of legal help to be successful, which is where Hart & David can help you.
Common Causes and Injuries
Motorcycle accidents often result from some form of error or traffic law violation on the part of other motorists. These may include:
- Inexperience driving
- Distraction, such as by phone usage or eating
- Poor reflexes
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Changing lanes illegally
- Failing to yield right of way to motorcyclists
If the cause of an accident is due to one of these causes—and if it can be proven—and you have an injury as a result, then you have a workable personal injury case. Common motorcycle accident injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Organ trauma
- Brain trauma
- Spinal cord damage
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Burns from the motorcycle engine
- Cuts and bruises
- Torn muscles or ligaments
- Road burn
Compensation for personal injury can pay for these injuries by covering medical expenses, disability, and lost earning capacity.
In a court of law, there tends to be a bias against motorcyclists. Many people view them as untrustworthy or troublesome, which isn’t fair at all. Nevertheless, it is a factor when determining the settlement amount or the odds of succeeding in court.
Solid evidence is absolutely necessary to maximizing your settlement amount. If the evidence seems like it could go either way, the odds of winning at court are much lower, and you probably won’t get as large an amount in a settlement before going to trial.
In addition, it’s more difficult to win a case if it’s based on non-concrete damages (i.e. damages that are more difficult to pin down to solid amounts, such as pain and suffering or lost quality of life). If you have high medical bills or cannot make a living anymore, on the other hand, then you have a much higher chance of getting a high settlement.
When seeking personal injury compensation, you need skilled legal assistance to determine the best route to take. Knowing what amount you’ll be able to settle for or how likely you’ll be to succeed at court ultimately comes down to familiarity with legal processes, precedents, and financial assessments. This is where Hart & David comes in.
Getting Legal Help
Hart & David has the legal skill and knowledge to help you receive compensation for your motorcycle accident. Our legal acumen allows us to advise you on the best course to take, and our negotiation tactics have helped numerous clients get the settlements they deserve. To learn more or start the process getting personal injury compensation, contact Hart & David today.